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Comparison and Mediocrity

Comparison is not only the thief of joy, but it’s also the cause of mediocrity.

Success has nothing to do with where you rank compared to the people around you. In fact, as long as you are basing the level of your success on the people around you, you are trapping yourself to a limited future for 2 reasons.

1. When you are outperforming everyone, you become rich soil for arrogance and complacence to take root. Arrogance causes people to not like you much which means they stop helping you which means you’ll never accomplish all that you’re capable of. Complacence means you’ll stop growing and do the same.

2. When you’re not outperforming everyone, your heart opens for jealousy and lack of thankfulness to enter in. Jealousy and in-gratitude cause you to spend more time thinking about what you don’t have than experiencing abundance for what you do have. In that space, it’s hard to have productive thinking for what you want to have. You’ll likely become more constricted and more frustrated and you’ll definitely suffocate your ability to achieve.

Success has everything to do with how you rank compared to what you know you’re capable of. Success is knowing that you’re doing the things you know you should be doing. Success means that you’re pushing yourself to be better than you were yesterday. Success is challenging yourself to create something so magnificent that it services others. Success means you do things the right way.

John Maxwell once told me that “real success is having the people who know you the best respect you the most.”

Success is about knowing that you took all of your talents, gifts, skills, and resources and left them out on the table having fought for what is right and what you wanted.

Stop comparing yourself to others and start to outperform today the person that you were yesterday.

  • John Mc

    You are spot on Rory. This a most profound situation, one that can be practised regularly.
    There is nothing wrong with being out in front. The link here and what I find enriches my journey is also desiring to have your team out in front with you.
    I like this one. Will continue to contemplate this one.
    John Mc.

  • Thanks John. It’s amazing how we let ourselves get into such a pickle by comparing ourselves to one another instead of just launching out to do our best!

  • rick404

    This is so profound. It really speaks to me personally.

    I just wanted to point out a typo…”…thinking about what you don’t have THEN experiencing abundance for what you do have.” It should be “than.”

  • Ooh. I appreciate that Rick. As a writer you would think I’d be good at grammar errors like that but I’ve always struggled with that one. 😉 Glad you liked the article!